The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO: A Remarkable Story about Living Your Heart's Desires (Paperback)
A chance encounter following a near-death experience sends Jack Valentine on a paradigm-shifting quest to understand the true meaning of life and find his most authentic self
Jack Valentine seemed to have it all. He made good money as an ad man and looked good doing it. He had a hot apartment, cool friends, even a slick car—at least until the hectic Monday morning a truck smashed into it, sending the critically injured Jack to the hospital.
Everything happens for a reason, though, and Jack’s reason reveals itself in the silver-haired cancer patient who becomes his roommate one evening. The elderly man, Cal, shares his life story—one not dissimilar to Jack’s—of material wealth masking a gaping hole within. Cal ultimately found salvation through philosophy (“the love of wisdom”), and now offers to help Jack by prepping the younger man for the Final Questions we all must face: Have I lived wisely? Have I loved well? Have I served greatly?
Presenting Jack with three plane tickets, each accompanied by a map marked with a red X, Cal sends Jack to meet with three great teachers, each of whom will help Jack answer one of the Final Questions—just as they once helped Cal. First, in Rome, Jack will meet “the Saint.” Then a haunted beach in Hawaii introduces him to “the Surfer.” And finally the grandeur of New York City sets the stage for his last encounter: with “the CEO.”
Along the way, Jack will learn to do his interior work, discover that our negative traits offer gateways to higher versions of ourselves, and understand that figuring things out in your head can distract you from the powerful whispers of your heart. Join Jack on his journey and step into the you that you were always meant to be.
About the Author
Robin Sharma is one of the world’s premier thinkers on leadership, personal growth and life management. He is the bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari; Who Will Cry When You Die?; The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO; and four other books on self-transformation. Robin Sharma is in constant demand internationally as keynote speaker at the conferences of many of the most powerful companies on the planet including Microsoft, Nortel Networks, General Motors, FedEx, and IBM. He is a resident of Ontario, Canada. For more of Robin’s knowledge, visit robinsharma.com.
“If you are ready to live your best life now, read this extraordinary book.”
— RICHARD CARLSON, PH.D., author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“Another amazing, life-changing book by Robin Sharma.”
— MARK VICTOR HANSEN, co-creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul®; co-author of The One Minute Millionaire